Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Week 16 good to WOW edit Family/Friends

I love seeing all the edits people share on Thursday of the photos they shared on Monday for the photo challenge Jill and Ashley sponsor called Good to Wow.  Especially since a lot of really great photos do become WOW!  So much fun to learn from each other.  My edits didn't take quite as long as sometimes because I only started with 2 photos!


Simple Edit:
I cropped way closer (yeah for no longer relying on a 3MP camera!).  Adjusted a little bit in ACR.  Used Ashley's Nice and Easy, minor adjustments.  Removed Redness from mine and my husband's faces.

Black and White:
I tried the Presets for ACR Elements from the CoffeeShop Blog.  Very easy to use!  Couldn't find adjustments I liked, so I brought it into Elements and used CoffeeShop's Classic BW Action instead.

Before and Afters:

Sunflower Original:
Simple Edit:
I brought it into ACR but found I didn't really want to change any settings.  Ran Nice and Easy and sharpened for the web.  It was good to lighten her face, but I kind of miss the deep blue.  I resisted the temptation to wash her face with photoshop.  She did receive a bath shortly after this picture was taken in real life.

ACR Mocha Latte Preset:
I ran this on the edited version and the original.  Turned out better with the original photo.  I did make a few small adjustments.

CoffeeShop's Chocolate BW Action (I removed the creamy layer):
Not too fond of how this emphasizes the dirt on her face, but liked this better than the ACR Preset.  I'm not as informed as to what to change in ACR to adjust to what I like.  However, I find it really cool that I can get some presets to use with my ACR (don't have lightroom) and that they are so easy to use.  Thanks, Ashley for sharing and Rita for making these presets.

Before and After:
Oh!  And I had to experiment with the spot light:
Not sure this is the best image to use or that I got the placement right, but very handy to know what some of these filters do and how to adjust them.  You do not know how long I used Photoshop Elements to basically make calendar pages.

Now, go see some other edits on the subject of Family and Friends.  I can promise you there are some great ones!



Val said...

Your editing is amazing Cedar - such details in the black and white shots! Lovely to see the difference (before and afters) You have a gorgeous family by the way!

Sarah C. said...

Great photos and edits! I love the simple edit of your family - the soft colors and the cropping - so nice. On the static hair set :D - they are all so great. The mocha one really jumps out at me with its intensity.

Allison Hoffman said...

love your crop on the family shot! beautiful edits with the presets!

Ashley Sisk said...

Oh wow - you've done a fantastic job with all of your edits - seriously girl...these look great!

Tanya said...

Love the edits!!! I agree, I REALLY like the Chocolate BW action better- the dirt doesn't bother me, I really didn't see it! If it bothers you dodge the dirt to lighten it.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful edits. Look great!

Rosie@leavesnbloom said...

My favourite has to be the spotlight one but you sure did some great edits.

Chic Homeschool Mama said...

Great job! I really love that black & white conversion!

Michelle said...

Great job on all of these!! And yay you for using the same tips Ashley shared in her post! And you know, I rather like how you can still see the dirt on her face -- that's real life right there! She's not always clean!

Natalie said...

Great job! I like how you cropped the family photo.

Courtney said...

Fantastic! Really great edits!

Marla said...

Wonderful edits. The black and whites are super. :)

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